Who Inherited Johnny Cash’s Wealth After His Death?
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Johnny Cash, who have made several hit music during the peak of his career, died and left his fortune to only one of his children alone.
The icon’s success started when he and his friends in Air force decided to create their own band. That’s when he met his first wife, Vivian, and they got married in 1954. The two gave birth to four lovely daughters namely Rosanne, Kathleen, Cindy and Tara. In 1966, Vivian filed for a divorce due to Cash being a heavy drinker and drug user.
In 1968, Cash married the woman who helped him turn his life around, June. Two years later, the couple welcomed their only son, John. Just like Johnny, June also had two kids from her previous marriage, Rosie and Carlene. When Johnny started earning his spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame, he also started having health issues.
In 1983, his drug addiction resurfaced and then he had double bypass heart surgery five years later. Fast forward to 2003, Cash was completely heartbroken when his wife died. He also died in the same year due to complications from diabetes. After such a long and prolific career, Cash had left plenty of wealth. As per his last will, his daughters will get 1 million dollars each and then the rest of the money will go to his only son, John.
His massive hit “Ring of Fire” is actually one of those tunes that gave him such fortune. Cash wrote that song together with his wife, June, and Merle Kilgore five years before they got married. Decades after their parents first wrote it, it caused a heated debate among the Cash children.
Since June and Johnny only had one biological child together, John, that meant that all their other children were snubbed from obtaining royalties from the hit tune. Cash’s four daughters eventually sued their brother, John. They wanted to be able to earn as well with the song that their father created. However, they lost their case in 2007. The price at stake continues to grow over time, reaching as much as $300 million now.